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Karen Strohm Kitchener

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Chapter 24: Professional Codes of Ethics and Ongoing Moral Problems in Psychology

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Professional Codes of Ethics and Ongoing Moral Problems in Psychology
Professional codes of ethics and ongoing moral problems in psychology
KarenStrohmKitchener

The American Psychological Association (APA) has recently revised its professional ethical code (APA, 1992). The revision of the code attempts to provide standards of conduct that more specifically address frequent ethical issues that arise in practice, research, and teaching than have former codes. These standards are enforceable and psychologists may be held accountable for failing to adhere to them. Although an attempt was made in the revision to write the standards in clear and behavioral terms (Nagy, 1989), they have been criticized for being less precise and overly dependent on legal qualifiers (Bersoff, 1994; Koocher, 1994). On the other hand, the code also identifies six more ...

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